Friday Dental News Roundup

Welcome back roundup readers and happy Friday! We are happy to have you back with us this week. The first article we have for you this week gives a detailed history of dental implants. Next, we have a great read on a new 24/7 dental clinic. Our final article this week is about a new study from the University of Pittsburgh which found that wisdom teeth stem cells could treat corneal scarring. Take a look at these articles and let us know what you think!

The History of Dental Implants
Do you ever wonder how the most advanced solution for missing teeth came to be? Turns out, the first dental implants existed 4000 years ago in ancient China. Carved bamboo pegs were used to replace missing teeth. Take a closer look into this article for a detailed dental implant timeline.

Dentists also work Tooth Fairy hours at 24/7 clinic
Dr. Shirley Ferreira, a dentist in Indianapolis, Ind. has opened the first 24-hour walk-in dental clinic. Ferreira found that when searching the internet, there were emergency dental services, but no fully staffed clinics. In one month, the 24-hour clinic saw 330 pateints.

Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Could Treat Corneal Scarring
According to findings from a research team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the stem cells found in the dental pulp of wisdom teeth may have the ability to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury. Millions of people are affected by corneal blindness, which is usually treated with transplants from corneas, however many times there is a shortage of donor corneas or the cornea tissue is rejected.

Does your office offer the opportunity for patients to schedule appointments 24/7? Let us know in the comments section below!

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